PennDOT reminds Customers: Call 1-800-FIX-ROAD to report Dead Deer

Indiana, PA (October 2) – October marks the beginning of Pennsylvania’s white tailed deer mating (rutting) season. Deer and other wildlife can exhibit unpredictable behaviors and unexpected actions. Motorists should be cautious and alert for animals on the roadway and the potential for deer to dart in front of moving vehicles.

Unfortunately, deer and other wildlife often collide with motor vehicles. In 2005, there were 182 reportable crashes with deer, and 5,092 dead deer were removed on State Routes in PennDOT’s Engineering District 10, which includes Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana and Jefferson counties. Based on historical data, the fall season is the worst time of year for vehicle/deer crashes. Last October, 845 dead deer were removed from State Routes in District 10; 942 were removed in November, and 585 were removed in December.

PennDOT understands how important the prompt removal of dead animals from the roadway is to Pennsylvania residents. Engineering District 10 is committed to removing dead deer from the roadway and shoulders within 24 hours of the animal being reported. But in order to meet that timeline, PennDOT has to know where dead animals are located. PennDOT needs the eyes of the motoring public to report the location of deer carcasses and other highway concerns by calling the 1-800-FIX ROAD hotline number.

The Department’s toll-free 1-800-FIX ROAD (1-800-349-7623) hotline connects callers directly to the respective county maintenance office. PennDOT employees in each of District 10’s five counties take pride in providing the people of their communities with fast, quality service. Calling 1-800-FIX ROAD will result in prompt action and a telephone follow-up if the caller leaves a name and telephone number.

Customers can also call each District 10 County Office directly to report dead deer:
o Armstrong – 724-543-1811
o Butler – 724-284-8800
o Clarion – 814-226-8200
o Indiana – 724-357-2817
o Jefferson – 814-938-6300

“The rutting season creates the potential for more deer to cross our roadways and we realize it is important for us to keep State Routes clear of dead animals,” said District Executive Joseph P. Dubovi III, P.E. “But we can’t do that without the help of the traveling public. I urge people to call 1-800-FIX ROAD to report dead deer and other roadway concerns. We would also like to thank those people who do take the time to report dead deer to us.”

Callers should try to be as specific as possible in describing the location of an animal carcass. Helpful information includes the State Route and section number (found on small, white signs along roadways), the direction of travel (such as eastbound or westbound lane), and any other useful location information.

Area residents are also reminded that deer carcasses found off the roadway are not PennDOT’s responsibility. These calls should be directed to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC).